ISLAMABAD - The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the Higher Education Commission organised on Tuesday a meeting of all professional/accreditation councils here at the commission’s secretariat at which it was agreed that the entry test system should be reviewed to have a common testing system for each discipline.
The main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the bond between the councils and HEC (Higher Education Commission) for the improvement of quality education at programme level. Representatives of all the 13 councils participated in the meeting and fully supported the idea of mutual coordination and collaboration between the councils and HEC to promote quality education in the country.
All the councils agreed to adopt the best practices followed all over the world to standardise their accreditation processes and harmonise the rating process of accredited programmes. A committee would be convened by HEC Registrar Dr Nasir Mehmood to look into the possibility of standardising the procedures amongst the councils, which should be followed by all the universities while initiating any new programme in any discipline.
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi assured continuous support to the councils in the area of capacity building of the councils in general and the programme evaluators in particular. All the councils agreed to conduct meetings at least twice a year to enhance coordination and collaboration between the councils and HEC.